In the fourth book in this series, RJ Scott gives us a romance for Phin's secret half-brother, Asher, who
was introduced in one of the previous books in the series. Asher has kept his royal Elvish parent a secret his entire life, but when Phin comes back to the Second Kingdom hoping to gain allies for his lover Joseph's cause, Asher gets drawn into more political intrigue and is forced to stop hiding. Simeon is the
feline shifter sent with Phin as bodyguard and ambassador to his own family. Like Phin, he prefers to avoid the Second Kingdom and its problems, but his immediate desire for Asher causes his thinking to widen slowly to include more than just himself.
The pairing of Simeon and Asher seemed unlikely at first, but the way the events developed made it make so much sense by the end of the story. I enjoyed the way their strengths played off each
other and how Simeon learned to care about a species other than his own and really pay attention to the ugliness of his home kingdom. I was really surprised by the king of the elves and his solution for the succession issue. Again, the main villain of the series showed his long reach without ever actually showing up in the book - I look forward to seeing the overall resolution of the series, but the journey is very enjoyable. As always, I am sucked in by RJ Scott to the world the author has created and don't really want to leave it when the book is over!
The Warlock's Secret (Supernatural Bounty Hunters #3) by RJ Scott
Genre: paranormal M/M romance, fantasy
Length: 141 pgs.
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 4 - An Erotic Ride.
Joseph Jamieson is head of the Sinclair clan of vampires, twin brother to Micah, and holder of ancient magic nearly gone from the world. When he stays behind in order to allow his twin and Micah's mate to escape to safety, he finds out that there is even more sickness hidden within the corrupt Glitnir than he imagined. Orophin is the heir to the throne of the Second Kingdom, an elf and another one of the rare magic users left. Ancient wisdom says that two magic beings cannot be together, even though other lines are being crossed between species. However, when Joseph needs rescuing, he and Phin have to decide what to believe and what is right for the Underground Resistance Movement.
This is definitely a series that needs to be read in order. Although each book has focused on a different couple, (Micah and Connor, Declan and Levi, Joseph and Phin), the overall storyline is grand fantasy and the reader would most likely not understand the plot of this one if they have not read the first two. From the opening paragraph, the action is thrilling and nearly continuous, with torture, grand rescues, hidden secrets, and secret loves being revealed as well as the beginnings of prophecy fulfillment. R.J. Scott's writing is exciting and her characters are three-dimensional with pasts and presents that are interesting. The world-building is also well-done with fascinating rules for the society that
are revealed as the characters try to break them :) I enjoyed the parts between Phin and Asher as well as the sibling bond between Joseph and Micah. The series is fun and I look forward to reading the next book. Recommended for fantasy fans!